by Scott Lewis
Brightworks CEO

As the “one of the greatest environmental calamities of history” continues to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico, we may take the opportunity to reflect.

A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island 6.3.2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

If like me, you drive a car that runs on fossil fuel,

If, like me, your home is heated, cooled or lit with energy generated from fossil fuels,*

If, like me, you aren’t doing everything possible to convince – no, demand – your elected officials (local, regional and federal) that they take immediate and strong action to end our deathly addiction to fossil fuels,

Then – like me – you are complicit.

We are all complicit in the greatest ecological catastrophe of modern times.  And we are all complicit in the destruction of the rainforests, the increasing toxic chemical loads in the bodies of our loved ones, of raptor and polar bears, and ourselves.

So.  This is a great opportunity to re-commit.  To remind ourselves that there is, in fact, a viable alternative.  As Lester Brown is wont to point out, everything we need to do, to get to a sustainable, equitable future, we are already doing, in different places, at different times.  We have the know-how.  We have the technology.

For example, a path to a 100 percent renewable power world is both technically and financially feasible.  As we have observed previously in this space, the issue is not one of technical or financial ability, but one of political will.

So let us not let the still-unfolding Disaster in the Gulf be for naught.  Let it be the final straw – the one that pushes us over the brink of our complacency.  Our complicity. Henceforth, let us all be complicit instead in a global conspiracy to create lasting change – to a sustainable, equitable future.  If enough of us try hard enough, surely we will succeed.

* [stay tuned for news a of our new “net zero, no-fossil fuels” solar home which should go online 12/2010]

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